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after weeks of. potentially painful. being holed up in the ecuadorian embassy in london has. now. a hundred. prisoners.
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this is our global news with me will receive. government forces claim they have taken control of the opposition stronghold of bani walid but they do say pockets of resistance still remain and weeks long deadly assault reports of dozens of. being killed by pro-government shiling. we continue to receive these conflicting reports from our sources on the ground we're hearing about the army is actually withdrawing from the city or though we are hearing of wide scale killings from the government sources they say that the system
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has fallen and we continue to receive verified video footage as well as reports of wide scale killings of indiscriminate shelling and also the use of poisonous gas some of the photos video we've been receiving show dismembered bodies children who've been killed and some of that footage is coming from bani walid television that has been broadcasting these visuals almost nonstop there is still a question mark over whether or not chemical weaponry has been used doctors at the scene do report that many of the patients they were treating are suffering from toxic gas inhalation and certainly hearing the same kind of thing from eyewitnesses but again we are receiving unconfirmed reports that many of the shells are being fired with gas inside them as of yet we cannot independently verify this so far it has been going on now for the better part of three weeks and in that time all communication in and outside the city has been hampered it took us several days to make contact with people inside the besieged city and they told us that these army forces were manning all the entrances and exits to and from bani walid this despite
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the fact that thousands of people have fled to neighboring sites and refugee camps we have managed to make contact with a man in the us he's asked us to hide his identity because he was afraid for his family who are still inside. he tells us that the army is pushing back you also say it's quite alarmingly that he hasn't heard from his family for several days and he's incredibly fearful as to their fate the militias after. the fighting. in a way from the from the from the city there. will control. the militias. and there will take a. really old man and he's a really good nanny he. doesn't have an ego. just a council member people. are really big on the first. i think about
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seventy buddy from the militias. to be a big failure. six hundred from the militias on the world of on the streets of the middle of the city i'm barely touched me ever since the violence started some three weeks ago residents of bani walid has been appealing to the international community for assistance moscow took up the score by drafting a statement that a put forward to the united nations security council earlier this week but that was blocked by the united states prompting a response from moscow saying that if found as odd and strange in that context understand why such a statement had not been approved it's also course maybe an international community to accuse both washington and others of double standards you need to remember it wasn't so long ago that russia and china were blamed for voting against resolutions in libya and now the question is being asked why when moscow puts forward for
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calling for assistance in body while it is this being stopped by washington not his policy of reporting right there when we did manage to make contact with one eyewitness in the city she says militias are carrying out mass killings as many civilians continue calling for help from the international community. oh no no those are not governmental forces their militia is an armed gangsters surrounding bani walid without any legitimacy media is prohibited from reporting on what's happening in bani walid the situation is horrible crimes are committed communications are deliberately cut in order for these gangsters to prevent any person from communicating what's really happening there bulldozing houses setting houses and faia stealing everything they find moreover they've committed massacres killing as many people as they cood people here in vine will lead one to return to their homes these say that their city is totally destroyed nevertheless they want
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to go back and live in the wreckage refused to be driven out of bani walid secondly they request all humanitarian organisations including the un to come to bani walid and city destruction for themselves see the devastation we need immediate aid we need humanitarian assistance urgently that they you. know here on our team my colleague and i when he spoke to a member of libya's ruling general national congress he asked mohamed sayed how the government justifies the deaths of the civilian population in bani walid for you. and your colleagues. you would have to take that picture we are taking care of the family everything go family so i been taking out of. house everyone we've spoken to families who. we've spoken to families there at least two families and they're saying that is not the case
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there is an intense amount of pressure they're still. well you see where the government force attacking a place where there are our close hided of course it won't be easy it's like a surgical operation there will be some small mistakes but the whole the whole thing is being handled. better fixie there we are taking care of all the family all the all the really all the women houses are ready for them food everything we're not getting the picture can i ask you but i know that there's been reports of chemical weapons being used in fact artie's obtained a fax from doctors purportedly in the city which says victims are suffering from toxic gas poisoning you got any comment on that. these are lies these are lies i asked the guys who are over there last our
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forces there are muslim there are human values are very high i have lots of trust and confidence there will never use such a weapon these things being used during the days of the dictator of the monitor he did use lots of things like this but for our forces all of them they have. again and the thing is they have values they have a role they will never break a little and they will never break their value in watching r.t. live from moscow a fresh wave of embarrassment could be about to hit the u.s. as wiki leaks begins releasing over one hundred classified files this thursday and this time they're detailing america's detention procedures including those in the famous prisons such as guantanamo bay and abu ghraib the laura smith us report. being holed up in the ecuadorian embassy in london doesn't seem to have stopped julian ourselves from working he's been there for more than four months now in fact
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quite the opposite in fact whenever i speak to him or to any of his supporters i say what's he doing in there they all say always working all the time and this is the result of his work starting today thursday and over the next month likely it's going to release over one hundred classified all restricted files all the rules and procedures that have governed the treatment of detainees in u.s. custody over the last ten years these include operating manuals and of course interrogation procedures for camps in iraq and cuba abu ghraib and of course kuantan i'm obey among the first documents to be released is the foundation documents program tons of it which was written in two thousand and two and put into force then and we can say that this document is the one that went on to shape the treatment of prisoners in u.s. military camps through the years and on into the military detention facilities and the documents talk of all aspects of life access to legal visits medical
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treatment access to that as well what possessions the prisoners are allowed to have and also of course they all talk about how prisoners. are interrogated violence is prohibited in the documents that have been released in writing bartz the they encourage this kind of exploitation of the fears of prisoners love of their homeland love of comrades love of family and and of course intimidation ecuador says that it's also true meeting with britain to discuss his failing health the ecuadorian embassy say that he's losing weight and that he's also suffering problems with his vision he can't go outside so he gets no fresh air and limited daylight particularly now that the winter is coming or you can see it's quite dark outside so those things you know will be taking a toll on his health the ecuador. embassy's had previously also police in the show and says that he is the hospital i sprayed down for he wouldn't be arrested but the
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deputy foreign minister a back to back door told me that the u.k. is unwilling to discuss noticing any safe passage to ecuador which would essentially own at the time simply asylum that ecuador has offered him but also even the principle of what they do in a situation in which it was al however the british foreign office says that it hasn't had any notification that julius ours is suffering and sick and that if it does they will consider that so we have to see how the situation progresses. cyber crimes gripping minds in the pentagon ahead of next month's presidential election as obama and romney clash over foreign policy the defense department's worried in a time when the scale of nine eleven could be repeated line that's coming up after the show.
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nineteen iranian channels have been banned in the countries that's called iran for not tolerating free speech among other things well played lads well played i love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning personally but of censorship doesn't bother me that much because there has always been censorship and there were always be censorship if there are any words or symbols or opinions that could get you bumped off the air or legal trouble in your country guess what you have censorship sorry to say it but that's how it is i don't mind a country saying that there is something so antithetical to their way of life that it must be banned i'm fine with that that's your business in your country and you should be able to protect your culture and your values but the lie to me and tell me that you have censorship free when you don't it's your choice you let your reading channels back on the air or come out of the closet at. you believe in restricted speech but that's just my opinion.
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video for your media projects free media. dot com. this is our team with me will receive a new t.v. station is going on air in london this thursday night aiming to give a platform to the voices of those in opposition to the current leadership of iran just over a week off the nineteen state run iranian t.v. and radio stations were a banned in the e.u. now let's discuss this with investigative journalist tony costing who started by live for us in brazil is good to see you today tony let's talk about this rod t.v. has been broadcasting online for quite some time now what do you make of the timing of that television debut. well rory it's fascinating that follows on quite logically in a way from laura's story about wiki leaks that's about internet and domestic suppression of information this is about the international suppression of
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information on the satellite systems i mean the nineteen channels that are being closed down i mean you're watching me on the satellite now and if you don't like what i'm signing you're quire liberty to go over to your television or use your emotions which me of what happens when one of these faceless organizations big corporations by eutelsat or intelsat decides they're going to close it for you that is not freedom of expression and it's actually quite sinister i think that many of these channels and now being closed down i mean the other side of all this is that you know what we've got is an opposition or an alternative to those things is the state run media in across the western world and independent media which seem very very aligned on most of the issues and who is it that's actually caused these channels to be shut down the ones that this new channels come along to replace well it's largely the baroness ashton the european union that's been putting these sanctions on now we all thought that would be economic sanctions maybe stop trade
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that kind of thing but how many people thought all that means we won't be able to get any information all germans actually do you know stuff like having information stifling information coming out of iran also stifling any type of freedom of speech attorney let's talk about motives what do you think about the actual motives of u.k. authorities here are allowing the voice to the opposition while iranian state channels are silenced what are they doing well the opposition has got absolutely every right to freedom of expression just as those satellite channels should be allowed to speak the ultimate thing here is it should be for the viewers to decide not for the people that own those satellites most viewers don't own satellites really do they so they can decide to change what channels are allowed to be out there we need that freedom of expression and this is also in the backdrop. this is the build up to potential war in the middle east we've got this battle going on in syria with most of the syrian opposition groups controlled by these business organizations in the west like the council on foreign relations these kinds of groups very well
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documented by charlie skelton in the guardian recently these are front organizations they're not really representing syrian people and these are the so-called experts that we're seeing right across western television so what we're seeing is a kind of difference of opinion going on in different parts of the world which is based on who is controlling the satellites in that area so we're getting very different information from these different channels actually i think this is very dangerous because what we're seeing here is a kind of ghost of jozy of gerbils haunting the satellite channels of the airwaves now as propaganda starts to prepare us for a potential war in the middle east you know. because there is a man you know a lot a lot of people are talking about these are propaganda war games certainly going on there briefly turning a really long time here let's talk about the bigger picture here iran do you believe that sanctions and threats of war are the right way of dealing with iran and its so-called nuclear standoff. well of course not what there needs to be i
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mean iran for example is a democratic country it's allowed under the nonproliferation treaty to develop nuclear power i think it's also interesting to see what the iranians have been saying about their nuclear weapon program they say we have no intention to develop nuclear weapons but if anyone was watching a program here in britain called the cook report back in the one nine hundred ninety s. they have known that during the collapse of the former soviet union there were actually nuclear weapons being offered on the black market so maybe the iranians have already got those nuclear weapons this is why it's so dangerous when we go back to cuba in the one nine hundred sixty s. americans were planning to invade cuba with the military were telling their politicians and their people we've got to invade cuba before the nukes arrive actually what was happening at the time was there were already tactical nuclear weapons in cuba so we have to be very very careful i think about trying to start a war that is preventing nuclear weapons being used nuclear weapons may be already on the scene rory and this is what bothers me and this is why i think it's important that people in the west have got the analysis from all parts of the world
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including iran and including syria well tony it's certainly a conversation that requires more time than we have available here on our investigative journalist twenty goes long live in bristol thanks so much for coming on. thank you. now with less than two weeks before americans choose their president obama and romney are scrambling to secure crucial last minute votes in their final t.v. debate they outline their foreign policy goals which for both include pressure on iran and that of strengthening the u.s. military the pentagon now believes it is a cyber crime that's now the biggest threat and as part of our special election coverage artie's more important brings you the details. america's military invasions interventions and targeted attacks have traditionally been deployed on the battlefield yet today a significant shift in technology has created a brand new terrain for warfare the internet which most people use for communication research and entertainment is being dubbed the battlefield of the
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future in an era of hackers and viruses computers are something of a weapon in the emerging world of cyber war a virtual world where military strikes are invisible and everyone online remains vulnerable earlier this month u.s. defense secretary leon panetta warned that america faces the possibility of a cyber pearl harbor if online security isn't sharing things the even greater danger facing us in cyberspace goes beyond crime and it goes beyond harassment. sarber attorney. perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack on nine eleven while the pentagon is looking to expand washington's ability to respond to cyber attacks. it's also developing procedures
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that allow frontline troops to have a new generation of cyber weapons at their fingertips and the army's cyber effects request format otherwise known as surf is a system that allows combatants to request cyber fire operations from the u.s. cyber command some operations could include infiltrating an unclassified network inside of a ground force headquarters to disrupt their communications what the military is trying to do now is to embed computer experts when you're dealing for example with counterinsurgency you want people who know how to do forensic work on a laptop if you capture somebody how to dump his cell phone how to prevent your mini drone your backpack joan from being interfered with i mean nearly everything even down to the to the squad level and the platoon level is starting to have hacker encounter hacker issues but it's not only tactical implementation that the
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u.s. is looking at allegations have emerged that washington has already launched its first offensive strike in two thousand and ten the first weapon to be made entirely out of code targeted he runs a nuclear program a computer virus known as stuxnet infected tehran's enrichment facilities with the capability to turn up the pressure inside iran's nuclear reactors or switch off the oil pipelines and tell the system operators that everything was normal the attack destroyed nearly one thousand of iran's six thousand centrifuges according to reports the virus was a joint collaboration between the us and israel more destructive things experts however warned that was. growing involvement in cyber warfare could come back to haunt the u.s. and it's a double edge sword which you use against your enemy is of eventually going to work its way back to you everybody is looking for deniability if you start a flame or any of the other variants it's the knowledgeable they can't prove who
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did it or how you did it you can just so you were really shocked this is happening . the soft power dimension to new u.s. policies in the digital world is reflected in its desire to win hearts and minds of the online community last year the u.s. spent nearly twenty million dollars to help foreign citizens access online material and social media meanwhile the u.s. government is working hard to spy on internet communications not just on its own citizens but foreign nationals as well america's largest overseas eavesdropping base is in britain and the top secret facility carries out a whole range of military diplomatic and commercial surveillance the beginning of a new global battlefield where viruses replace drones and how hers may be calm some of the highest ranking officials in the u.s. military what may still sound to some like science fiction is fast becoming a virtual reality marina r.t.
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new york. will see him soon for the business for now although an independent scotland could leave the u.k. exposed and vulnerable and lose a major part of its nuclear deterrent if indeed manages to go it alone and break away from the u.k. the latest on london's atomic dilemma on our website and also online canadian customers may soon see cigarette like warning labels on every day food such as pizza or fizzy drinks so that's the way the doctors and ontario want to fight the national obesity epidemic. soyuz capsule carrying a three person crew has docked at the internet. spacestation it happened just a short time ago the link up went on without a hitch two russian cosmonauts and an american after north left from the baikonur cosmodrome in kazakhstan on tuesday and will spend the next six months in order that short of joining three colleagues already residing in the i assess it is the
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first space mission for the two russians the americans first trip into orbit aboard a russian. twenty. five as i said this could have been good to see you again though you are giving us the hourly market update here and from what i understand good news for just like you katie indeed are just so all right we both. know those frequently fly between london and moscow if they're going to do particularly well and that's because the world's second biggest budget airline easyjet is about to still fly to russia now the u.k.'s aviation regulator has picked the airline over virgin atlantic to fly between the two capitals and all teams in the pool explains all the details for us. from the spring of two thousand and thirteen to easy jet flights a day will arrive here at most of us airport from london gatwick it will be the first time that a project carrier is operating a popular international route this is known as the decision to liberalize skies
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between russia and the u.k. under a bilateral agreement to have each country can fly between the capitals current rights holders british airways acquired b.m.i. earlier this year a spot on the u.k. so much to the irritation of richard branson's virgin airlines that was given to easy jet has promised to charge no more than two hundred dollars per seat for the first three years the russian aviation authority is thinking about opening up the skies here to foreign budget carriers but as things stand it will be a brave operator that comes here there have been two russian attempts to create no frills but both founded last year under huge losses. ok let's check out some markets were a fly on them now we got a foot see. over a third actually not because the u.k. emerged from the recession in the three months from july to september apparently helped along by the olympics the year extended its gains versus the dollar strength
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of news events coming out today limerick results show u.s. jobless claims declines we've also got some russian equities to check out as well because they are dipping into negative territory as we can see just that coming up here on r.t. we have got spotlight back on an interview from the secretary general of the. day necessary with us for that. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else and you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harvey welcome to the big picture.
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side. radioactive fallout of government betrayal of the government. and claude and claude how can the truth be
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revealed if there's no official evidence there was indeed a very great danger to the servicemen concerned who will give them no problem protection and to the people of this country generally because of the radioactive fallout. the secrets of the u.k.'s nuclear tests. well again the welcome to spotlight. on. today my guest on the program. for security and cooperation in europe has been around for several decades. it may as well.


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